Edward Holleran, OFM
1912 – 1997
Fr. Edward Holleran, OFM, was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, on Feb. 28, 1912. He arrived in the United States at age 11, having crossed from Liverpool on the Cunard liner “Baltic.” He eventually graduated from parochial school (delayed by educational readjustments) and was accepted into St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., where he became the senior of his class.
In 1938, Fr. Edwards was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., and professed temporary vows the following year. In 1942, he professed solemn vows in 1942 and was ordained a priest in 1944 at age 32.
Fr. Edward’s numerous years of priestly ministry fell into two broad categories: pastoral and spiritual-direction; the former included assignments 13 years at St. Stephen of Hungary in New York City, six at St. Leo’s in Elmwood Park, N.J., two at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, another two at St. Joseph’s in Winsted, Conn., and 14 at Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass.; the latter category included stints at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., as spiritual director for two years, three years directing retreats at Christ House, and Christ the King Seminary, Allegany, N.Y., as spiritual director and director of apostolates for five years.
His second time at St. Stephen of Hungary Church was as pastor and guardian, when he completed the renovation of the friary in its present form. As pastor at St. Leo’s, he built the parochial school, founded a successful parish credit union and left behind a sterling reputation for pastoral leadership.
In 1989, Fr. Edward retired to St. Joseph’s Friary in East Rutherford, N.J., then moved to Sacred Heart in East Rutherford before his final move to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J.
He died Sept. 12, 1997, in Ringwood. Fr. Edward was 85 years old, a professed friar for 58 years and a priest for 53 years.